“Translating the OT Security Playbook.” Navigating OT Cyber Risk
The Cyber Senate operational technology Control Systems Cybersecurity UK EU conference provides the energy, manufacturing, transport, power and industrial sectors with the opportunity to learn from their peers and together, define their priorities, close the gap of disconnect between people and operational technology and reinforce their mission from a reactive to proactive state of cyber security.
Attended by leading Subject Matter Experts from the asset owner, technology and government sphere, this years focus will be on sharing collective experiences that can help organisations design and implement their transition plan to zero trust architecture, better manage IT and OT convergence, improve technology selection and how to develop partnerships that foster growth and help manage risk – faster. Attendees will not only gain a clearer picture of OT cyber risk, but learn how others in their field have fixed it.
Case studies, roundtables and panel sessions throughout the two-day event will demonstrate how your peers have fortified their defenses; from maturing and adopting better ways to tighten network segmentation and security controls to ensuring their strategies are effective, scalable, adaptable and repeatable in the face of evolving cyber threats. Not only will we be reinforcing winning formulas from the OT security playbook, we will help practitioners translate the plays and help them remove the complexity of staying in the game.
If your organisation depends on automation and industrial control systems for its operations, this event is for you.
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1. Protection of Critical Infrastructure: OT systems control and manage critical infrastructure components such as power plants, water treatment facilities, transportation networks, and manufacturing plants. A cybersecurity breach in these systems can have severe consequences, including disruptions to services, physical damage, safety hazards, and potential harm to human lives. OT cybersecurity helps safeguard these critical infrastructure assets from cyber threats.
2. Prevention of Operational Disruptions: Cyberattacks targeting OT systems can lead to operational disruptions and downtime. For instance, a successful attack on an industrial control system (ICS) could halt production lines, disrupt supply chains, or cause service interruptions, resulting in financial losses, reputational damage, and potential impact on the broader economy. OT cybersecurity ensures the uninterrupted operation and availability of essential services.
3. Mitigation of Safety Risks: OT systems often manage processes that involve the control of physical equipment, machinery, and hazardous materials. Compromised OT systems can lead to unsafe conditions, such as equipment malfunction, process deviations, or unauthorized control over critical infrastructure. By securing OT systems, cybersecurity measures reduce the risk of accidents, injuries, and environmental damage.
4. Protection against Targeted Attacks: OT environments are increasingly becoming targets for sophisticated and targeted cyberattacks. Adversaries, including state-sponsored groups, hacktivists, and organized crime, may seek to exploit vulnerabilities in OT systems to achieve their goals. Effective OT cybersecurity measures help detect, prevent, and respond to these advanced threats, ensuring the resilience of critical infrastructure against potential attacks.
5. Defense against Data Breaches: OT systems generate and handle sensitive operational data, including production data, maintenance schedules, and proprietary information. Unauthorized access or manipulation of this data can lead to intellectual property theft, financial losses, or compromise of competitive advantages. OT cybersecurity safeguards the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical operational data.
6. Regulatory Compliance: Many industries are subject to specific cybersecurity regulations and standards, such as the NERC CIP for the energy sector or IEC 62443 for industrial control systems. Compliance with these requirements ensures the implementation of robust cybersecurity controls, protects critical infrastructure, and helps organizations avoid legal and regulatory penalties.
7. Business Continuity and Resilience: A strong OT cybersecurity posture enhances business continuity and resilience. By proactively identifying and addressing vulnerabilities, implementing effective incident response plans, and maintaining situational awareness, organizations can minimize the impact of cyber incidents and recover more quickly, reducing operational and financial disruptions.
8. Protection of Supply Chains: OT systems often interact with external vendors, suppliers, and partners. Cyberattacks on supply chain entities can propagate to interconnected OT systems, leading to cascading effects and widespread disruptions. Implementing OT cybersecurity measures strengthens the resilience of the supply chain and safeguards against potential compromises.
In summary, operational technology cybersecurity is crucial for protecting critical infrastructure, ensuring operational continuity, mitigating safety risks, defending against targeted attacks, safeguarding sensitive data, complying with regulations, and maintaining business resilience. By securing OT systems, organizations can minimize the potential for disruptions, protect their reputation, and contribute to the overall security and stability of critical infrastructure sectors.